Quoting Quiverfull: Bad Attitude Causes Chronic Illness?

Quoting Quiverfull: Bad Attitude Causes Chronic Illness? April 3, 2013

by Pat Robertson on The 700 Club – April 2, 2013

“The first thing you’ve got to get straight is that what’s happening to you isn’t necessarily ‘God’s plan’ for you,” Robertson said in response, looking into the camera. “What is it Shakespeare said? ‘The fault, dear Brutus, is not with the stars, but with ourselves’? This stuff, maybe the problems you have come from your attitude.”

Chronic illness, Robertson said, can result from psychosomatic issues.

“I don’t want to make a broad statement, because doctors say there’s other things. Of course there are,” he continued. “But it just sounds like that you’ve got a negative attitude. You oughta be positive. You oughta praise the Lord.”

Robertson then recited Proverbs 17:22, saying, “a merry heart doeth good like medicine.” Literally speaking into the world around oneself, he continued, changed the world around a person.

“If you speak negatively you will have negative [consequences],” he said. “So don’t say it’s ‘God’s plan.’ I think that’s a misnomer.”

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QUOTING QUIVERFULL is a regular feature of NLQ – we present the actual words of noted Quiverfull leaders and ask our readers: What do you think? Agree? Disagree? This is the place to state your opinion. Please, let’s keep it respectful – but at the same time, we encourage readers to examine the ideas of Quiverfull honestly and thoughtfully.

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